The Lake Oswego Tigard Water Partnership received bids from seven prequalified general contractors for construction of its drinking water treatment plant on Thursday.

The responsive low bid of $66.1 million was submitted by Slayden Construction Group. It was about $4 million below project estimates.

“The water treatment plant is the largest facility in the partnership's program to upgrade Lake Oswego's water system to serve both communities,” noted a release for the LOT project "This is good news for our ratepayers," said Lake Oswego Mayor, Kent Studebaker. "A positive financing climate, lower than expected construction bids and the opportunity to have a partner (Tigard) help us save money in the long run." This savings adds to previous savings on the first project to be bid, the river intake pump station in Gladstone. That project was awarded to Slayden Construction Group as well for $10.5 million, about $1.5 million less than the engineer's estimate. The Lake Oswego City Council is scheduled to award the water treatment plant contract on July 16. "Today is a significant milestone," said Tigard Mayor John Cook. "It's time to get to work on this important project so that we can provide our community with the water it needs while providing opportunities to create (more than) 2,200 family-wage jobs.” The water treatment plant is one of five facilities that will be upgraded and modernized to serve both communities. Other facilities to be bid in the future include 9.6 miles of pipeline in Lake Oswego, West Linn, Gladstone and Tigard, a new water reservoir in Lake Oswego and a new pump station in Tigard.

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